Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) has fixed August 31 as a deadline to register all pet dogs with a registration fee of Rs 500. Those who failed to register their pets within the stipulated time will face challan or the pet will be impounded.
As per a notification issued by the JMC, like vehicles, pet dogs within the jurisdiction of the civic body have to wear a registration number on their necks.
The notification was issued in mid of July and it is a 45 days period appealing dog lovers to register their pets in the scheduled time otherwise their owners will either have to pay a fine or will be booked under Section 304 of the Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Corporation Act, 2002.
“We have yet not decide amount of the fine but authorities are taking the issue very seriously to ensure that pet dogs must be registered,” Municipal Veterinary Officer, JMC, Dr Susheel Sharma here told The Tribune, adding, “As of now over 400 dogs have been registered and we are hopeful that by the end of this month most of the pets would be registered.”
The registration fee is Rs 500 and the renewal fee would be Rs 300 and registration will be valid for one year.
Process to register pet dogs was started way back in the year 2011 but it could be materialise due to poor response from people. Another attempt was made in the year 2016 but to no avail.
The authorities have now attached Section 304 to make it mandatory for the owners to register dogs. Registration forms are being provided free of cost, which are available at JMC’s veterinary wing and are also made available to the pet clinics within the municipal jurisdiction.